From today until Monday, I’ll be in Philadelphia looking at antiquarian books. I have scheduled a few zombie posts but comments may be late in coming…
“You Sexy Thing” has a permanent place on my playlist. With its bouncy, popcorn percussion, surprising violins, catchy guitar riff, and a knockout vocal by Errol Brown, it’s a masterpiece of seventies funk. I never get tired of hearing Errol (who died this year at the age of 71) raise his joyous voice to praise the miracle of sexual attraction and mutual carnal delight.
I googled Errol Brown to find out what the owner of that unmistakable voice looked like. And what a handsome man he was!
And then there are the lyrics…
I believe in miracles
Where you from, you sexy thing?
I believe in miracles
Since you came along, you sexy thing
Where did you come from, angel?
How did you know I’d be the one?
Did you know you’re everything I prayed for?
Did you know, every night and day for?
Miracles, angels and prayer are perhaps not the first topics that spring to mind when someone sits down to write a song called “You Sexy Thing.” But why not? Soul music embraces the physical, yet it reaches for something transcendent. This is a song about the thrill of being alive, embodied, and able to give and receive love.
And it’s good fun. Maybe that’s why it’s been used in at least thirteen movies, most notably in The Full Monty, with the delightful Robert Carlyle and pals (including Mark Addy, and Tom Wilkinson) as a bunch of unemployed steelworkers who form a male striptease act that is EVER so much more interesting than the Chippendales…
Accept no covers or mixes. Only the original!
Great song, love the Full Monty (and the movie, chuckle…). Enjoy your books LM.
Thanks! Just got back, with food for thought (and blogging).
I would like to see that movie again, now that I have seen Robert Carlyle in other roles 🙂
the drunken cyclist said:
Great song! Have fun in Philly–I am actually in California, but get back to the Cradle of Liberty on Friday….
Thanks! I had a fantastic trip, and some good wine, a Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc.
Sylvie G said:
I envy your visit to antiquarian bookshops. Enjoy fF:)
Thank you, it was everything I hoped for 🙂
Love that song – and the Full Monty! Such a laugh 🙂
Yeah, something about the regular guys getting their kit off. It was a perfect movie, a comedy but also with serious themes.
Thanks–it was great, but I also love coming home after a trip 🙂
Brilliantly funny film and shot in location in Sheffield.I went to see this at the cinema and it literally brought the ‘house down!’ with people dancing in the aisles! I have it on DVD…. Great cast and poignant social comment with the bleak social landscape. Rob Carlyle, Mark Addy,Hugo Speer,Paul Barber (Scouser) Steve Huison, Lesley Sharpe and the really rather wonderful #Tom Wilkinson, who has long been a favourite of mine. The dance routine in the #Dole Queue at the Job Centre was ‘inspired’….Enjoy a snippet here ~The Full Monty – Looking For Some Hot Stuff https://youtu.be/H4wuH9pSSRo via @YouTube
Remember .. the #Offside Rule….
Enjoy your adventure ~ Hope you stumble on something #exciting x
How wonderful to see a showing where people danced in the aisles! Only a truly great film can do that 🙂